What is My Choice®?

My Choice® (Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg) is a single-dose emergency contraceptive pill that helps prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Levonorgestrel is the same active ingredient as in regular birth control pills with this ingredient—just at a single, higher dose, and works by delaying ovulation. My Choice® is comparable to Plan B One Step Emergency Contraceptive, but My Choice® is much more affordable.

When should I take a My Choice® emergency contraceptive pill?

The sooner you take emergency contraception, the more effective it is. You should use the My Choice® emergency contraceptive (EC) pill within 72 hours (3 days) after you have had unprotected sex. The My Choice® EC pill is a backup or emergency method, and not a replacement for birth control, you can use when:

Your regular birth control was used incorrectly or failed
You did not use any birth control method

How does the My Choice® emergency contraceptive pill work?

The My Choice® emergency contraceptive (EC) pill is one tablet with levonorgestrel (1.5mg), a hormone that has been used in many birth control pills for several decades. The My Choice® EC pill contains a higher dose of levonorgestrel than daily birth control pills with this ingredient and works in a similar way to prevent pregnancy. It works mainly by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary. It is possible that the My Choice® EC pill may also work by preventing fertilization of an egg (the uniting of sperm with the egg) or by preventing attachment (implantation) to the uterus (womb).

My Choice® will not harm a current pregnancy or prevent a pregnancy in someone who is already pregnant.

How do I report an adverse event or side effect?

If you’re experiencing an adverse event or side effect after taking My Choice® Emergency Contraceptive pill, please call 1-800-818-4555.

Where can I buy My Choice®?

My Choice® Emergency Contraceptive can be found at Walmart, HEB and Amazon. It is typically found in the family planning aisle.

How can I get the best results from My Choice®?

You have 72 hours (3 days) to try to prevent pregnancy after birth control failure or unprotected sex. The sooner you take the My Choice® emergency contraceptive pill, the better it works. Doctors recommend using a pregnancy test if your period is late following taking an emergency contraceptive pill.

When should I not use My Choice®?

The My Choice® emergency contraceptive pill should not be used:

• As a regular birth control method, because it’s not as effective as regular birth control.
• If you are already pregnant, because it will not work.
• If you are allergic to levonorgestrel or any other ingredients in the My Choice® emergency contraceptive pill. If you have any specific questions about emergency contraception, speak to your healthcare provider.

How will I know if the My Choice® emergency contraceptive pill worked?

When you get your next period, which should come at the expected time, or within a week of the expected time. If your period is delayed, particularly beyond one week, it is possible you may be pregnant. Follow up with your healthcare provider for additional questions or if an at-home, follow-up pregnancy test result is positive.

How effective is the My Choice® emergency contraceptive pill?

If the My Choice® emergency contraceptive pill is taken as directed, it can significantly decrease the chance that you will get pregnant. About 7 out of every 8 women who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant.

Is there something different about My Choice® emergency contraceptive pill since it’s less expensive than other emergency contraceptive pill brands?

My Choice® is made with the same medicine (Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg) that helps prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex as other national brands. The main difference is we don’t nationally advertise My Choice®, so we are able to keep the cost affordable.

Will I experience any side effects from My Choice® emergency contraceptive?

When used as directed, My Choice® emergency contraceptive is safe and effective. Side effects may include changes in your period, nausea, lower stomach (abdominal) pain, tiredness, headache, dizziness, and breast tenderness.

Some women may experience temporary changes in their period, such as a period that is heavier or lighter or a period that is early or late. If your period is more than a week late, you may be pregnant. Use an at-home pregnancy test to test on the first day after your missed period or follow up with your healthcare provider for additional questions or if the pregnancy test result is positive.

Emergency contraception may cause nausea in some individuals. If you vomit within two hours of taking the emergency contraceptive medication, call your healthcare provider. He/she may want you to repeat the dose.

Severe abdominal pain may be the sign of a more serious condition, such as an ectopic pregnancy, that requires medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you have any questions or concerns.

Will My Choice® affect my fertility?

My Choice® emergency contraceptive will not impact your future or long-term fertility.

Will My Choice® protect me against any sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

No, My Choice® emergency contraceptive will not protect against any STIs, including, but not limited to HIV, AIDS, HPV, herpes and others. If you believe you have been exposed to or have an STI, please speak with your healthcare provider.

What happens if I’m already pregnant and I take the My Choice® emergency contraceptive pill?

My Choice® emergency contraceptive is not an abortion pill and it will not affect an existing pregnancy. If you have any questions, talk to your healthcare professional.

Can I use My Choice® as my regular birth control method?

The My Choice® emergency contraceptive pill should not be taken as regular birth control—it’s a backup method to be taken if you have unprotected sex or birth control failure. My Choice® will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.

How long after taking the My Choice® emergency contraceptive pill can I resume my regular birth control?

Right away. My Choice® emergency contraceptive does not impact the effectiveness of any regular birth control methods, so you can resume your regular birth control or start one, if you don’t have a regular method.

Can I use My Choice® if I’m breastfeeding?

Yes, you can use My Choice® when you are breastfeeding. In general, no harmful effects of progestin only pills, like My Choice®, have been found on breastfeeding performance or on the health, growth, or development of the infant. However, random cases of decreased (less) milk production in mothers have been reported.

How often can I use My Choice®?

My Choice® emergency contraception should not be used as a regular method of birth control. However, if you have already used My Choice®, it can be safely used again after another instance of unprotected sex or birth control failure. My Choice® should only be taken when your primary, regular birth control method was missed, or your birth control method failed.

Will My Choice® protect against future pregnancies?

My Choice® emergency contraceptive doesn’t provide long term protection against future pregnancy—when taken as directed it works to help prevent pregnancy within 72 hours of one incident of unprotected sex or birth control failure. If you are sexually active, even occasionally, see your healthcare professional or visit a family planning center/clinic to find a regular method of birth control that suits you.

Do I need a prescription to get My Choice®?

No. My Choice® is available right off the shelf at major retail stores and/or online—no prescription or ID needed. There’s also no age requirement—anyone can buy it.

When should I talk to a doctor or pharmacist?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using My Choice® emergency contraceptive if you are taking efavirenz (HIV medication), rifampin (tuberculosis treatment) or medication for seizures (epilepsy). These medications may reduce the effectiveness of the My Choice® emergency contraceptive pill. Your doctor may prescribe another form of emergency contraception that may not be affected by these medications. If you have any additional questions about emergency contraception, pregnancy, etc., please speak to your healthcare provider, as this site is not intended to provide medical advice or diagnosis.

What if I still have questions about My Choice®?

If you have questions or need more information, call our toll-free number at 1-800-818-4555. You should also speak to your healthcare provider about any specific questions.

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